Monday, 5 October 2015

A Cup of tea solves everything...

Or in this case, a Tea Tasting!

I have been to a few tastings in the past but never have I been to a tasting for Tea. My mother in law arranged for my sister-in-law and i to join her for a tea tasting over the weekend at the TeeStube Lounge In Pretoria.

I can now say I have an appreciation for tea which I didn't have before. I went into this tea tasting knowing that tea is made from Tea leaves but I didn't know that these tea leaves were actually fermented to get your white, green and black tea. 

Since white tea is the first and purest form of Tea you can get, we got to taste it first. I must admit initially I thought the white tea had no flavour until I tried the variants of black teas. Only then did I realise how subtle the flavour of white tea really was and it could quite easily be a tea I would drink more often. 

We were also given an opportunity to choose two types of Teas to taste and so I decided to try the "Gummibarchen" Gummy bear Herbal/ Fruit Tea which as you can guess had Gummy Bear sweets in it. All fruit and herbal teas have an undercurrent of Hibiscus and apple in them which is why these tea's tend to turn pink. Who would of thought you can drink your sweets?

For my second choice, I chose the Summertime Rooibos Tea which had quite a few flavours in it starting off with a base of Rooibos tea and additional unique flavours included. One of them being Rhubarb.

"There is a great deal of Poetry and Sentiment in a chest of Tea"
~Ralph Waldo Emerson  

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

A Weekend in the Mountains {Clarens, Free State, South Africa}

Over the past weekend, hubby and I and a few family members snuck away for a breath of fresh air and journeyed to Clarens, a small town in the Free State Province to recoup before we hit the end of the year rush. 

The town of Clarens is quite small and quaint and not the kind of place you'd go to, to watch movies all weekend. Going to Clarens is simply about relaxation which was easy to achieve with beautiful Mountain ranges.  


All Images belong to Lorelailette

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Local is Seriously Lekker

I am having a real "proud mom" moment with all the wonderful local musicians in South Africa up-ing their standard and becoming world class artists. 

Just to mention a few; 

One that really made an impression was Matthew Mole. He was the first artist in South African to have a No.1 Album on its release date in 2013. His song "Take yours and I'll take mine" has stolen the hearts of South Africans and lovers of the Folk/ Electronica genre.





If you haven't already discovered these talented artists... which one really stood out to you and which song would you listen to on repeat?

Monday, 31 August 2015

Letters in the post

I got a little surprise this morning. I got a post card from a friend I went to school with who now lives in France. She has added me to her card club which means I am going to get one of these post cards a month! I didn't think I would be this excited to get post (since we are now in the digital age) 

Do you still send letters in the post?

*In honour of this new revolution, i came across Postcard Happiness Project which is a free initiative project to lift the spirits of someone who needs a little brightness with thanks to this "Post Card happiness Project"  

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Zimbabwe (Kariba), A forgotten Gem

So over the month of June I was fortunate enough to spend sometime in Zimbabwe for a wedding. I am so grateful I was able to visit this beautiful country along with wonderful family and friends I got to meet along the way.

Out of all the countries I have visited, the Zimbabwean people are probably the friendliest (next to the Japanese) in spite of the political situation there (just not at the border).

The wedding was held on an island on lake Kariba which is one of the biggest man-made lakes in Africa (the continent). Our journey to this Island (Spurwing) was a 3 hour journey on a house boat which we then stayed on for a week after the wedding. I was told that sunsets are like no other in the world and as I have traveled to different countries and had the privilege to experience beautiful landscapes and sunsets i have to agree that you will not experience a sunset like a Kariba Sunset.

Kariba is the closest to nature you could ever be. We heard the call of the Fish Eagles every morning, the "laughing" of the hippos next to our house boat every day (morning to night) and we experienced a Buffalo eating along our houseboat one night. We didn't get to see any lion but boy, did we hear them!

I have had people tell me you haven't lived unless you've been to London, New York or Paris and I agree these are places i would go back to time and time again. But truly you have not lived if you haven't experienced Kariba!